Catholic and Protestant Computers

A piece in the Opinion Section of this weekend’s Guardian picks up where Umberto Eco left off in his well-known 1994 essay where he argued that the Apple Mac was a Catholic machine, in contrast to the PC, which was clearly a Protestant device.

The piece notes the many predictable consequences of each stereotype which have emerged over the last twenty years, with the most obvious and problematic for users being the cyber-security characteristics which each design philosophy leads to.

IPhone and Android users might wish to  reflect upon the meanigns, values and life style choices which inevtiably lie behind the Apple and Google business models of their favourite devices.